An employee was shot to death on Tuesday morning in a Walmart Store in Kaufman Texas. The incident was first reported as an “active shooter situation”, and then as “murder-suicide”. The case is still under investigation, according to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred at 9:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway, in Kaufman city, which had a population of 6,700 by 2010. The suspect is a 55-year-old man called Donald Coleman, who walked into the store and fired at John Morgan on Tuesday, as reported by CBS.
Capt. Fred Klingelberger said to reporters that Morgan, a 59-year-old employee, has passed away as a consequence of the shooting. It appears that Mr. Donald shot himself after killing the Walmart employee. However, the latter did not die at the scene and was taken to a Dallas hospital by air ambulance.
Customers inside the Walmart store were not targeted or injured, as officials have reported. Walmart authorities issued a statement on Tuesday, hours after the shooting took place, saying that the company will assist law enforcement.
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred in our store today. We’re assisting law enforcement, however, we can and our thoughts are with the families and our associates at this time.” Said Walmart in a Tuesday statement, according to CBS.
As local authorities were controlling the scene, the store was closed and nearby businesses were recommended to remain on lockdown until the problem was solved. The Kaufman Independent School District also shut down all campuses when the shooting situation was reported. However, it lifted the lockdown at 10:30 a.m., as reported by the CBS.
According to Capt. Ed Black from the Kaufman Police Department, there has been some past story between Coleman and Morgan, adding that both men are from Henderson County. Police have not stated further details about the case, such as the health state of the suspect Donald, which remains unclear. However, the case is still under investigation.
This is the second murder-suicide in the country, in just three days
A former 33-year-old U.S. soldier shot his wife and two children to death, and then committed suicide at his home in south Louisville Kentucky on Sunday, as reported by local authorities on Monday.
According to Louisville Metro Police Lt. Todd Kessinger, children, and mother were killed before Brad L. Hettinger set fire to the house and killed himself with a fire gun. It appears that the family had not been related to domestic violence before. Police has not provided further details about the incident.
What occurred to the Hettinger family has affected people from the neighborhood, who say that the situation is “heart-breaking”. The Archdiocese of Louisville said in a statement published Monday that people should be careful when communicating what occurred to children.
“Archdiocesan counselors are working with the school counselor to assist teachers and students, and parents have been encouraged to talk with their children about this,” the archdiocese said in its statement, according to ABC News.
Source: CBS Local